Sumatra and Borneo are the only places in the world where orangutans – the so-called "red apes" – live in the wild. Both species are endangered, the Sumatran one critically so. And your Halloween candy could be, at least in part, to blame.
When I first saw this ad I spent a while scratching my head wondering how could they train an orangutan to do the stuff this one does. After digging a bit into it I learned that they didn't trained it at all. It was entirely made with CGI by The Mill, one of the best postproduction houses on the planet.
Orangutans aren't only threatened by palm oil plantations, it seems. In this photo a 14-year-old male orang gets some veterinary attention by staff at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme because he was shot with metal pellets from an air gun. Meanwhile, he gives the photographer his best honey badger face.
This orangutan at Tokyo's Tama Zoo sure knows how to cool himself off. Faced with an 86 degree day, the primate grabbed a wash cloth, dipped it in water and wiped himself repeatedly.
At the Hanover zoo, an orangutan must pull a succession of strings before being rewarded with a nut. Sometimes, the experience gets a bit frustrating: